The Heart of the Shaman: Stories & Practices of the Luminous Warrior, by best-selling author Alberto Villoldo, guides readers to find greater meaning, fulfillment, and purpose in life. Published by Hay House, the book is available in hardcover and eBook on July 31.
A psychologist, medical anthropologist, and bestselling author, Dr. Villoldo spent many years learning the ancient rituals, teachings and wisdom of the medicine men and women of the Amazon and the Andes.
His new book focuses on what these shamans of the Andes call the “sacred dream,” which guides and underlies a higher universal order—the planets, the heavens, and even shapes our very own destiny. The dream is described as a map to the future and maintains the sacred order of the cosmos.
Dr. Villoldo explains that each one of us carries an aspect of the sacred dream within. When we lose touch with the inner reality of the sacred dream and its guiding principles, our lives can devolve into meaningless chaos, confusion and disarray.
The new book draws from his vast experiential understanding of this shamanic wisdom to deliver a practical guide for reconnecting with our sacred dream and catalyzing self-transformation. The Heart of the Shaman: Stories & Practices of the Luminous Warrior offers practices for readers to forge a sacred dream that is unique to themselves, their life journey, true purpose and spiritual lessons.
By cultivating our unique vision as informed by our sacred dream, we can better navigate the path to our destiny, and summon the courage and awareness to surmount any challenges and obstacles along the way. This, according to Dr. Villoldo, can ultimately help us to bring light and peace to our world, and find our part in “the greater sacred dream of humanity.”
During his studies with the shamans, Dr. Villoldo — dubbed “the Indiana Jones of the spirit world by the New York Times — learned that humans are much more than just flesh and bone. There’s also an aspect of spirit and light to us and these qualities act together to maintain both physical and spiritual vibrancy. Striking the right balance between these elements of Self is the key to cultivating greater health, happiness and meaningful fulfillment.
About the Author
Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., spent over 30 years studying the shamans of the Amazon and the Andes. He is the founder of the Four Winds Society and the Light Body School. Considered the Gold Standard in Shamanic Energy Medicine education, the Light Body School’s certification program certifies modern-day shamans and health coaches. The Heart of the Shaman: Stories & Practices of the Luminous Warrior, his 17th book, is available at theheartoftheshaman.com